Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Daring Beachwear Sighted in Tennessee

I must admit that I don't know how to take  the Ta-Ta Top, a recent development in beachwear; will it explode into next year's must have swimwear for the daring innovators or just a failed novelty? 

It was first mentioned in the context of a sorority girl at Belmont College in Nashville posting a picture of herself wearing a nipple-printed bikini top and getting into trouble with Phi Mu, her sorority; and refusing to take down the offensive picture. She definitely defined herself as a woman of strong opinions; one of which is to free the ta-tas! She resigned from the sorority instead.

The whole thing sounds like a staged attention-getting ploy. I am somewhat sympathetic to the whole Topfree Movement; but think that a gradualist approach to minor cultural change such as women's swimwear is better, considering the collateral effects that it would have at this stage. Let's face it: a beach or swimming pool is a site frequented by people of different ages and sensibilities. They come to swim and to relax, not to be challenged or offended. I think that a caring person should comport herself (or himself!) in a way that is expected, and inoffensive to people whose space is being shared. In short, don't wear or do anything that will cause people to vacate the beach.

Appropriate swimwear is context-appropriate. What may be okay on South Beach or the Gulf Coast might not be appropriate at the Y.M.C.A. pool or in some states.

13 comments:

Brandi said...

I think it's a cute and whimsical top, no matter what the old or young grouches think.

John Hill said...

I love your caring attitude, Angel.
Unfortunately, most people seem to be more concerned with doing what they want to do and others be damned (or offended)!
Personally, I'm a fan of ta-tas. But you are right -- there is a proper time and place for their display.

Juliette said...

It's a funny commentary on Americans' obsessions with breasts and obscenity.

Linda Kay said...

Why not just set aside a nude beach for those who want to flaunt it?

Banana Oil said...

There are a few nude beaches in FL.

Sinner Bob said...

It's nice that the tops come in a lot of skin tones.

Grand Crapaud said...

this surely must be a novelty item?

TexWisGirl said...

next, the bottoms will be drawn on, too. and i'd probably not wish to see the male version. :)

Anemone said...

This is too, too much. Strictly for attention-seekers.

Mike said...

What's funny is this covers a lot more than the super skinny string bikinis.

Bilbo said...

Having visited topless beaches in Europe, my observation is that most people who choose to go topless shouldn't. Including grossly overweight and hirsute men.

Mariette said...

That is a cleaver way to get around laws regarding toplessness.

Anonymous said...

Ironical swimwear. How millennial!